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Cleaford Earl Weeks



Born: 08 Aug 1924, Goshen, Sampson County, NC
Died: 30 Oct 2011 

Cleaford Earl Weeks was the last child born to James Henry Weeks (b. 1850) and Mattie Byrn Harrell (b. 1880).  Cleaford was born 08 Aug 1924 in Goshen, Sampson County, NC, but unfortunately his mother died during the difficult birth.
Children of James Henry Weeks and Mattie Byrn Harrell
Name Birth Death Spouse
Arthur James Weeks 06 May 1899
Sampson Co, NC
29 Oct 1976
Mt. Olive, Wayne Co, NC
Lydie Sutton
m. 12 Nov 1917
Addie Mae Weeks 05 May 1900
Sampson Co, NC
26 Jun 1924
Goldsboro, Wayne Co, NC
William Evey Godwin
Nola Brown Weeks 21 Apr 1903
Sampson Co, NC
03 Mar 1989
Kinston, Lenoir Co, NC
(1) Clyde James Sutton
m. 13 Jun 1918
(2) Steve King
Albert Sidney Barnes Weeks 25 Dec 1904
Sampson Co, NC
21 Jun 1960
Raleigh, Wake Co, NC
(1) Coleen Jordan
m. 28 Dec 1935
(2) Viola Eason
m. 01 Apr 1941
James Henry Weeks, Jr. 17 Apr 1907
Sampson Co, NC
01 May 1967
Princeton Johnston, Boon Hill, NC
(1) Ruby Tart
(2) Callie/Ella Bowden
Melvin Wade Weeks 16 May 1913
Sampson Co, NC
23 Apr 1984
Mt Olive, Wayne, NC
Katie Louise Thigpen
m. 22 Jan 1938
Thelma Louise Weeks 01 Nov 1915
Sampson Co, NC
12 Sep 1981
Kinston, Lenoir Co, NC
Bruce McArthur
m. 15 Apr 1937
Martin Luther Weeks 07 Feb 1919
Goshen, Sampson Co, NC
28 Nov 1984
Micro, Johnston Co, NC
Zelda Ray Killingsworth
m. 12 Jan 1946
Robert B. Weeks 15 May 1922
Sampson Co, NC
11 Sep 1922
Piney Grove, Sampson Co, NC
[Died in Infancy]
Cleaford Earl Weeks 08 Aug 1924
Sampson Co, NC
30 Oct 2011 Nell Porter
m. 05 Apr 1942
With Mattie's death, James Henry (age 74) was left with five small children to raise on his own: Melvin (age 10), Thelma (age 9), Martin Luther (age 4), Robert (age 1) and Cleaford Earl (Newborn).  Unfortunately the bad news for the family didn't stop there.  James Henry Weeks died 29 Mar 1926.  Several of the children ended up in the Methodist Orphanage.
Cleaford Earl was raised by the Harrell family (Mattie Byryn's relatives).
In 2011 we heard from Ginny Gordon, who said, "My mother in law is Equitalbe "Quita" Harrell Gordon, who is 79 years old.  She was the daughter of Robert Henry Harrell and Maude Estelle Best.  The story is said, that because the Weeks family had so many kids, Cleaford Earl lived with the Harrells.  Maude told him he would always have a place to sleep and food for as long as they did.  With the recent death of Cleaford, Knave learned that he didn't speak about his early years much with his family until very close to the end.  Ironically I found him listed on very few family trees. Quita mentioned she met a few of the Weeks family but that is all.  Relationship wise,  James (Henry) Weeks' wife (Mattie Byrn Harrell) was Quitas aunt (actually Grand Aunt which most people call Great Aunt).
Ceaford Earl married Nell Porter on 05 Apr 1942 in Dillon, South Carolina.  They were both 17-year-old.  Their only child, Cleaford Earl Jr., was born 17 months later on 12 Oct 1943 in Goldsboro, Wayne County, NC.
Children of Cleaford Earl Weeks and Nell Porter
Name Birth Death Spouse
Cleaford Earl Weeks, Jr. 12 Oct 1943
Goldsboro, Wayne Co, NC
  Carolyn (Unknown)

Cleaford Earl and Nell with Cleaford Earl, Jr. in 1943


The Weeks Reunion 1943
(Left to Right) Cleaford, Nola, Arthur, James, Albert, Thelma and Melvin


Cleaford Earl Weeks and Nell Porter Weeks


Nell died 25 Dec 2007.
Cleaford Earl died 30 Oct 2011.


Goldsboro, NC – Cleaford Earl Weeks, Sr., 87, passed away on Sunday morning at Wayne Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family. Mr. Weeks was born in Sampson County on August 8, 1924 to the late Jim Henry Weeks and Mattie Harrell Weeks. He was married to the love of his life for 65 years, Nell Porter Weeks, and she preceded him in death on December 25, 2007. Mr. Weeks retired from Franklin Baking Company as the supervisor of transport. He later began working with Sasser Golf Carts where he enjoyed that opportunity for many years. Mr. Weeks was a man of incredible faith and was a long-time member of The First Pentecostal Holiness Church. He was an inspiration to many people, particularly his son and grandsons. He taught many life lessons but especially the importance of honesty, integrity, hard work, completing a job to the best of your ability and never giving up when times are tough. He will be missed by many, but we rejoice in knowing that he is reunited with his wife and grandson. The family will receive friends Tuesday, November 1, 2011 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. at The First Pentecostal Holiness Church followed by a funeral service in the sanctuary at 3 p.m. with Rev. Bill Rose and his great-grandson, Bailey Weeks officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery. Mr. Weeks is survived by his son, Cleaford Earl Weeks, Jr. and wife Carolyn of Goldsboro; his grandchildren, Jim Weeks and wife Wendy, Frank Weeks and wife Jennifer, Rick Weeks and wife Beverly and Steve Weeks and wife Amy; and nine great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his grandson, Edward Earl Weeks



Thanks to Sid Weeks for sharing photos from his parent's collection (Al & Viola Eason Weeks)

Thanks to Peggy McArthur Boyette for photos of Cleaford Earl and Nell


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